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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Shamanic Ritual tonight

My lovely and talented girlfriend is hosting an event tonight at Observatory, on Union and Nevins in Brooklyn. Come and check it out. Inexpensive, unique, fun.

Shamanic Ritual with Itzhak Beery


Date: Wednesday, February 17th
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $8

Phantasmaphile is honored to present an evening ritual with Shaman Itzhak Beery, co-founder of the NY Shamanic Circle.

This ceremony will focus on Meeting Power Animal Spirits: The Journey to Non-Ordinary Realities

Participants will be introduced to the principles of the shamanic belief system. The workshop teaches the techniques of shamanic journeying which is used by shamans to enter non-ordinary realities. Participants will learn to travel to the other worlds to obtain personal Power animal spirits, to connect with these spirits, and to retrieve specific knowledge. This knowledge can be used in our world to heal, to settle disputes, to communicate between the living and the dead, to create abundance, and to pray for the well-being of the environment, for others and ourselves.

Accompanied by drumbeat, participants learn to journey to the animal energies and shape-shift into them, allowing each person to merge with their animal nature—a reflection of our innermost self that represent those qualities we need most in this world, but which are often hidden, or repressed.

***Please bring a pillow, towel, or cushion to sit on.


Israeli born Itzhak, was initiated into the family tradition of a powerful Quechuan Yachak from Ecuador. He also studied with Ipupiara a Brazilian elder and Cleicha, a Peruvian curandera (healer).

Additionally, since 1994, Itzhak has studied the shamanic path and healing ways with indigenous shamans from Hawaii, Ecuador, Peru, Greenland, Native American and the United States.

He is a founding member of the NY Shamanic Circle, and the NY Annual Shamanic Gathering in Central Park. He is a member of the Dream Change and the Society for Shamanic Practitioners. He is the founder and publisher of the leading shamanic global resource web site www.shamanportal.org.

Itzhak has a private shamanic ceremonial healing practice in New York City (For adults, children, animals, & house cleansing) and conducts workshops for adolescents, adults, and senior citizens in Europe, Israel, Hawaii, and the US.

Itzhak also developed and facilitates a special program geared to high school students, called The Bridge.

This evening is offered in conjunction with OBSERVATORY’s current exhibition, VISION QUEST, a group show of neo-shamanic art, up through February 21st.

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